haul

verb
\ˈhȯl \
hauled; hauling; hauls

Definition of haul 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to cause (something) to move by pulling or drawing : to exert traction on haul a wagon

b : to obtain or move by or as if by hauling was hauled to parties night after night by his wife

c : to transport in a vehicle : cart The cattle were hauled to market. trucks hauling freight

2 : to change the course of (a ship) especially so as to sail closer to the wind

3 : to bring before an authority for interrogation or judgment : hale haul traffic violators into court

intransitive verb

1 : to exert traction : pull haul back on the reins

2 : to move along : proceed about three o'clock we hauled into Moonridge— Kenneth Clark the bull hauled back for another lunge— F. B. Gipson

3 : to furnish transportation a nominal charge for hauling

4 of the wind : shift

haul ass
slang, often vulgar

: to move quickly haul ass or you'll miss your flight

haul

noun

Definition of haul (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the act or process of hauling (see haul entry 1) : pull The rope stood up under the strain of the haul.

b : a device for pulling or carting something : a device for hauling

2a : the result of an effort to obtain, collect, or win the burglar's haul

b : the quantity of fish taken in a single draft of a net

3a : the act or process of transporting something in a vehicle : transportation by hauling a rail haul meant that several hundred expensive … cars would have to be bought— N. M. Clark

b : the length or course of a transportation route a long haul

c : a quantity transported : load a haul of lumber

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Synonyms & Antonyms for haul

Synonyms: Verb

drag, draw, hale, lug, pull, tow, tug

Synonyms: Noun

draw, jerk, pluck, pull, tug, wrench, yank

Antonyms: Verb

drive, propel, push

Antonyms: Noun

push

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Examples of haul in a Sentence

Verb

They hauled the boat up onto the beach. The car was hauled away to the junkyard. We used buckets to haul water up from the river. She hauled herself to her feet and limped home. I'm tired of hauling this heavy camera around with me. The prisoner was hauled away in handcuffs. They hauled her off to court. The cattle were hauled by rail. The company has a fleet of trucks that are used to haul freight.

Noun

each haul of the rope Authorities seized the drugs in one of the biggest drug hauls in the history of the county. The kids always collect a substantial haul of candy on Halloween. It's just a short haul from our cabin to the beach.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The streaming service earned 91 nominations for this year's Emmy Awards, second only to HBO, which hauled 111, and well ahead of Hulu's 18 and Amazon's 16 according to Business Insider. Hamza Shaban, chicagotribune.com, "Netflix adds 5 million new subscribers, surpassing 100 million," 18 July 2017 Hundreds of people, including prominent intellectuals, had signed the charter by the time Mr Liu was hauled away to his cell. The Economist, "China’s conscienceLiu Xiaobo’s death holds a message for China," 15 July 2017 A pipeline that hauls oil from West Texas’ Permian Basin to Houston shut Thursday after a 1,200-barrel spill near the state capital, Austin. Ben Sharples, Bloomberg.com, "Oil's Weekly Gain Belies Smaller-Than-$1 Increase From Late 2016," 14 July 2017 Yeah, there's the handful of students who love running and are cooling at the finish line in ten minutes flat, but for everyone else, hauling yourself a full mile at a jog is no small feat. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Girls in Saudi Arabia Will Can Soon Take Gym Class," 13 July 2017 The group is scheduled to meet with Waste Management, the company which hauls Mobile's garbage, on Wednesday. John Sharp, AL.com, "Mobile inches forward on 'robust recycling' plan, despite council's cautious approach," 11 July 2017 Several cars of a freight train hauling crude oil derailed Friday night in Plainfield prompting an evacuation but no injuries, officials said. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Freight train hauling crude oil derails, causing evacuation but no injuries," 30 June 2017 The victim was taken to a hospital and was expected to survive his head wounds, Officer John Buttle said.. Officers cruised around the area, looking for the Winnebago hauling a black Jeep. Pauline Repard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Bay assault suspect makes getaway in RV towing a Jeep," 28 June 2017 According to Kansas City police, a truck hauling construction equipment struck part of the bridge, which dislodged concrete. Toriano Porter And Joe Robertson, kansascity.com, "Barry Road and U.S. 169 in Northland re-opened after bridge accident," 24 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But this is really a weapon for the typical scooter mission: short-haul urban scuttling. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Every Kind of Bike Is Going Electric," 22 June 2018 Those kinds of short-haul trips generate a great deal of air pollution when diesel trucks are used. Eric A. Taub, New York Times, "Buses, Delivery Vans and Garbage Trucks Are the Electric Vehicles Next Door," 21 June 2018 On the street, that drug haul would sell for around $331,000, the agency said. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Border agents seized their canned jalapenos. Inside was $331,000 in Mexican meth, CBP says | Miami Herald," 18 May 2018 Team Ryan's April-to-June haul is a dip from the $11.1 million collected during the first quarter of this year. Fredreka Schouten, USA TODAY, "Paul Ryan's fundraising committee raises nearly $10 million for midterm elections," 13 July 2018 And the El Paso congressman again vastly outraised the Republican incumbent, Ted Cruz, who took in less than half of his challenger's haul — $4.6 million — in the same time, according to his campaign. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Fox News Power Rankings: Hello, Wisconsin," 12 July 2018 Now the talk is about what kind of haul Baltimore might be able to bring in by trading Machado. Noah Trister, The Seattle Times, "Dreadful Orioles bringing back memories of ’88," 9 July 2018 Wednesday's haul included $2.5 million in Tuesday-night previews. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, "Box Office: 'The First Purge' Sets Off Fireworks With $9.3M Wednesday, 'Jurassic World 2' Stays No. 1," 4 July 2018 Overseas, the dinos devoured another $56.1 million from 68 markets for a foreign tally of $667.6 million -- including $237 million in China -- and global haul of $932.4 million. Pamela Mcclintock, Billboard, "Weekend Box Office: 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Dunks 'Uncle Drew,' 'Sicario: Day of the Soldado' With $60M," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of haul

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for haul

Verb

Middle English halen to pull, from Anglo-French haler, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch halen to pull; akin to Old English geholian to obtain

Noun

see haul entry 1

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The first known use of haul was in the 13th century

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More Definitions for haul

haul

verb

English Language Learners Definition of haul

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to pull or drag (something) with effort

: to move or carry (something) with effort

: to force (someone) to go or come to a place

haul

noun

English Language Learners Definition of haul (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of pulling or dragging something with effort : the act of hauling something

: a usually large amount of something that has been stolen, collected, or won

: a distance to be traveled

haul

verb
\ˈhȯl \
hauled; hauling

Kids Definition of haul

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to pull or drag with effort

2 : to transport in a vehicle haul freight

haul

noun

Kids Definition of haul (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of pulling or hauling They got closer with each haul.

2 : an amount collected a burglar's haul

3 : the distance or route traveled or over which a load is moved It's a long haul to the beach.

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